Rev. Anna Thorn speaks of Dogen's recommendations for Zazen, and ends with a quote from Kafka: "There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can't do otherwise. In raptures it will writhe before you." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Anna Thorn, Dharma talk, Soto Zen, Dogen, zazen, Kafka
Rev. Daigaku Rumme speaks about Dogen's "Instructions for the Monastery Chief Cook" (Tenzo Kyokun), and how saying the word 'fire' doesn't burn your mouth. Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Daigaku Rumme, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tenzo
Rev. Greg Fain makes some recommendations for zazen posture, and discusses Buddhism's two truths in light of Zhaozhou's "cypress tree" koan (Case 47 from the Book of Serenity). "We're not living in harmony with all of creation because we think we're separate from all of creation." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Greg Fain, Zhaozhou, cypress tree, zazen
Rev. Linda Galleon, recent head monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, speaks on Dogen's "hitting the target" (or not). Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Linda Galleon, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tassajara
Rev. Victoria Austin speaks on this week's California Supreme Court decision affirming the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. "Buddhism is about liberation from conventional designations...." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Victoria Austin, Same-sex marriage, gay...
In a 2008 TED lecture, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor described her experience of a stroke (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229). Rev. Myo Lahey discusses her talk in the context of Soto Zen practice. Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Jane Bolte Taylor, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Stroke
Bodhidharma was about telling us that, "No matter whether you have some fabulous insight, you will not go beyond this body-mind right now. No matter how greatly enlightened you get." Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Bodhidharma
The late abbot Zenshin Philip Whalen had a favorite mantra, which some of you will know, which was: "When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." This is somewhat ironic. This is not Shakyamuni's advice. But it is a temptation. Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, Reverend Myo Lahey, soto
"Suzuki Roshi said, 'Something that is beautiful is always losing its balance.' You can see that for yourselves, if you notice something that you think is beautiful. If you look at it you'll see it's beautiful against a background of impermanence." Topic: reverend myo lahey, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
2007-06-30 Dharma Talk and Community Meeting on the state of affairs at the Hartford Street Zen Center, San Francisco, California. Topic: reverend myo lahey, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
The practice of zazan can teach us that the entire universe is bits and pieces. And whole. I would suggest that there isn't anything more precious than that. Topics: dharma talk, hartford street zen center, myo lahey, rev myo, hszc, san francisco
"If you make the choice to have space in your life to do some cultivation of the study of Dharma, again, things can change. Things can change in your life and it would be a mistake to think that you can direct that change. Or control that change. Or be in charge of that change. It's generally not possible." Topic: hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
"What would it be like if, every thought we had, we actually didn't believe that it was real or that its content was really true? As I speak, maybe you can try to open to this possibility of: moment to moment, not believing in what you're thinking. Which is quite different than just not thinking."
Note: audio recording started late. This is a transcription of the opening lines of the Dharma talk, which were not recorded:"Everyone must realize Buddha's truth for themselves. I can't stress how important this is." Then the Dharma talk followed as presented in this recording. Topics: dogen, rinzai, soto, practice-enlightenment
Master Jinshan asked Master Xiushan, "Clearly knowing the unborn nature of life, why are we stayed by life?" Xiushan said, "Bamboo shoots will eventually become bamboo, but if you use them now for bamboo rope, can you make them serve the purpose?" Jinshan said, "Later on you’ll be enlightened on your own." Xiushan said, "I’m just this way—what is your meaning?" Jinshan said, "This is the monastery superintendent’s quarters, that is the... Topics: dharma talk, hszc, hartford street zen center
Thanks and blessings to the web master of http://www.gaysangha.org/ for recording, editing, and allowing HSZC to repost this file. Topics: gmbs, dharma talk, hszc, enlightenment, buddha, rohatsu, sesshin